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John “Jake” Young, AIA

John has been a part of the MKSD Team since the beginning and has known “MKS” for about as long as they have know each other! John acts as Project Manager/ Consulting Architect on some of MKSD’s largest projects.

John’s broad experience background started working for his father moving buildings out of the Tocks Island Dam area from Delaware Water Gap to Milford, PA. John knew that he liked the construction industry but also knew that he wasn’t a fan of handling cold steel at 7 am in January and opted for designing buildings instead.

John designed & built his first home (earth sheltered) with a geo-exchange heating/cooling! He was incorporating sustainable design before green was green with influences from Mother Earth News in the 70s.

A few things you may not know about John:

In his first job John earned $12 a summer loading hay on a dairy farm……the local fitness club.

He is a surfer wanna-be: bought a used long board from Dana Point, CA 4 years ago.

John ran out of gas with his new bride Catherine, in the desert near Death Valley, CA, after being turned away at Fort Irwin, Air Force Base.